Belize Barrier Reef ~ The Belize Barrier Reef is a series of coral reefs straddling the coast of Belize, roughly 300 meters offshore in the north and 40 kilometers in the south within the country limits. by Onne Van der Wal, Corbis
" The Great Blue Hole, Belize " It was formed as a limestone cave system during the last glacial period when sea levels were much lower. As the ocean began to rise again, the caves flooded, and the roof collapsed.Believed to be the world’s largest feature of its kind, the Great Blue Hole is part of the larger Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System
Belize Barrier Reef lies about half a mile off the winward side of the island. It is the longest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere and the second longest in the world. To the east of the Barrier Reef are three separate atoll reefs. There is also a fourth atoll reef, Banco Chinchorro, just to the north in Mexican waters, which will be of particular interest to wreck divers.
The Belize Barrier Reef is the longest reef in the Western Hemisphere (185 miles long) and is the world’s second largest coral reef system. The Barrier Reef runs continuously from Cancún to Honduras and is the main attraction for visitors who want to enjoy a Belize Vacation or want to travel to Belize.